90s, Blog — August 13, 2014 7:06 am

90s Moments You Forgot: Lowered Expectations

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I was 12 years-old in 1995 when MADtv hit Fox, which is the only explanation as to why I liked the show. Scratch that, I LOVED the show. I was obsessed with MADtv.

My obsession was at an all-time high in 1997 when Pat Kilbane joined the show. He was by far my favorite and I waited on edge every Saturday night. At 10:50 p.m., I popped popcorn, got my pop, and got all settled in just to see Kilbane as Stan the Java Man. Other highlights include: performances by Corky and the Juice Pigs, and the Kenny Rogers skits.

Maybe the show really was funny at first. I just remember that when Stuart showed up, I lost all interest and switched over to Saturday Night Live and never looked back.


I was reminded of the Lowered Expectations sketches the other day when the phrase “lowered expectations” was spoken. Immediately, I turned around and sang it back to the person a la MADtv’s Lowered Expectations bit that parodied video dating (remember when that was a thing?). The second person in said conversation did not get my reference, or simply pretended not to just so I’d stop.

I didn’t.

But enough of my yammering. Fire up the VCR, it’s time to get a date!

The jingle and graphics totally lend an air of authenticity to the skit and for the first while that the skit aired, Debra Wilson introduced the video dating service.

Like I mentioned, Pat Kilbane was my favorite, and it still makes me sad that I don’t see him in much. There was a Stan the Java Man Lowered Expectations, but it sadly has not been bootlegged onto YouTube. But, here’s his uncanny Marilyn Manson impression.

Also, Shaq got it goin’ on.

I’ve never seen a better Bjork, have you?

Beyond the “celebrity appearances”, Lowered Expectations featured original MADtv characters as well.

Such as Nicole Sullivan’s Antonia.

And Debra Wilson’s Bunifa. Maaaan don’t knock The Sizzler!

Stuart also appeared on Lowered Expectations, but I don’t want to ruin the series for you.

What are your favorite MADtv moments? Were you a fan, or did you always steer clear of the show?

1 Comment

  • I always knew I’d appreciate madTV more after it became nostalgic. Debra Wilson’s video date is absolutely charming compared to, for instance, any Kardashian.

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